tv [untitled] December 22, 2012 7:00am-7:30am PST
>> good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. for those that haven't please take your seats. again we so appreciate you all gathering on today's peace sunday. we appreciate you taking the time. we are certainly grateful for the special guest which we will come to momentarily. let me dispense with some of the acknowledgments on the on set and grateful to our mayor and our city officials who are here, chief wendy steel, and those from juvenile probation, commanders and briefs and we appreciate each of the city leaders being with us this morning. i am joined by joseph brian and the paster of the church works with the rainbow
coalition. >> good afternoon. what a pleasure it is to be here and the patron saint of this great city work in the words of a prayer. lord, make me an instrument of your peace. as we look the things we realize the up tick of vlz is real and as we unified from all denominations and practices and speak simply. peace on earth and may this season be about peace. i commend mayor lee and work with him and resource ourselves and connect ourselves those in the city that believe our city can be a city of peace. as part of the rainbow coalition it's an honor to hold this today and
jesse jackson and against violence prevention and that we can represent that well in the season of peace and we bring forward carolyn scott for our opening prayer of this peace hour. >> thank you reverend bryant. bow your heart with me. a discussion on the importance of interface based leadership on the city's violence prevention initiative predict and organize for a safer san francisco is where we're opening up in prayer. iicizea and "it shall come to pass before they call i will answer and yet while they are speaking i will "hear".
mayor lee you spoke briefly at the interfaith breakfast and called out for help how do we get to our youth who are disenfranchised and not connected. you asked that you dependd and asked for the help of clergy and the religious community. you said you asked because you and the civic leaders and the departments cannot do it alone. we are here to pray for that reason. you went on to say our future leaders inherit what we do and all that we fail to do. at this breakfast the response from mrs. rita simel of the san francisco interfaith council was "mr. mayor, we will help". for the sake of the health and safety and peace of this city, the only city in this nation named after a saint we come to
pray this day and we pray oh god that you would disturb us lord when we are too well pleased with ourselves and we dreamed too little when we arrived safely, because we sailed too close to the shore. disturb us lord with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life falling in love with l we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. disturb us lord to go more boldly and venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery where losing sight of land we will find the stars. we ask you to push back oh god the horizons of our open and into
the future courage strength and things that we get in love. god we pray you will be our eyes and help us to be wise in times and honest enough to say we don't know. let this be our prayer as we go on way. let us to a place. guide us with your grace to a place where we will be safe oh god. father we pray and push back works of destruction and the spirits of destruction and ask that you do lead us to a place and guide us with your grace and gave us faith so we're safe in our homes, our schools and work place as we seek measures and ways for working towards peace for this fine city as we present ourselves as clergy and fault in this world.
amen. >> amen. >> amen. thank you reverend scott. as pastor bryant said we are grateful for the leadership of our city's mayor and upon the uptick of violence had a set of strategies to bring together all segments and sections of our community and leadership certainly and nonprofit, residents and as well as clergy so we're grateful for his leadership so it's my pleasure. will you please welcome our mayor ed lee. >> thank you very much for coming today and certainly my deep gratitude for reverend jackson for making his very limited time available to share with us and of course reverend as well and with your busy
schedule to be here and pastor thank you for being here as well and mr. pappas on behalf of the interfaith council and working with me and our hope to reduce and eliminate violence in our city. we have a ways to go. i did not deliberately prepare a speech because it's not about speeches. i want to also continue to express my very strong personal sentiments about violence in our city and what we can do about it. many of you have heard from me in the past several weeks in various other events where i've expressed that sentiment. before city agencies and before community leaders that i was not satisfied about what we were doing to prevent
violence. yes. i did think about and talk about a lot of people across the country and other may ares about the mayors about the stop and frisk program and was admonishd and advised there could be a better direction in the same effort of reducing effort -- violence in our city. >> >> you often heard me even in the reflection of the great success that our city is feeling on the eve of having a major sports team win the world series or now a football team that has become very successful and certainly a basketball team that desires to come here and create jobs and make strong commitments to our communities, even in the face of all these technology companies that are coming here and helping us uplift our
economy, even within that success, you hear me talking about the people who aren't getting those jobs, the people who are making decisions everyday in our streets, in our community, and i will not be mincing words -- it is in the bay view. in in the visitation valley. it is in the mission where their dispute resolution is at the end of a gun and this is the way they're talking. this is the way they're dealing with each other and then with anybody who attempts to interfere with that. you have heard me say even with the success of all of our departments and everything that they're doing i can't give a job to a dead youth no matter what we do, and so i can have the best training programs. i can have a high number of jobs available. eric mcdonald and i can create 10,000 jobs in the summer, but if our youth are
resolving their differences with the point of a gun or the end of a knife those jobs are never going to be available to them. how do we interrupt that violence? i cannot put it all on our police department. they know that and i know that, and we speak the truth to each other. i've never been speeching with the police. it's all about what really works out there and what can they do, and how can they present themselves in the most humane way? i've had those discussions with our law enforcement agencies, whether it's bill silverman or adult probation with wendy stills or the youth programs with karen onion and marie sue scprts running the youth programs or our police chief or our fire chief or any of the
numerous other leaders, and they all know they can have the best programs as well, but if the people who are doing the violence aren't reached those programs are half backed. they're not as good. i wouldn't throw them all out, but they're not good enough because people still live in fear in our housing projects, wherever they maybe in the housing developments or the run down 10aments that we have that we will attempt to rebuild and you heard me again. it's not about the brick and mortar. it's not rebuilding the physical structures of that. we will do that. we have the money to do that. we have the resources to do that, but it has been about hope sf, about rebuilding lives and giving hope first before we put the bricks and mortar in because if we don't have people believing they have a non
violent world to live in it doesn't matter the jobs we have, the number of training programs we have, the number of programs i fund or not fund it's all of a wasted disagreement, so i have been having these honest discussions with the religious leaders because i can't mince words when at night i get the text about another 22 year old black male found dead with gunshot wounds every other night. then it just -- whatever you're doing you ask yourself does it make sense what i am doing? do i have my priorities right? so today we asked that as many of the clergy attend today with the special opportunity with someone who i have admired the whole of my professional life, if not my whole life, reverend jackson
has been an inspiration to me in everything he has done. i grew up knowing who this man is, and what he represents and the struggles he went through to have a national conversation in every major city and he's going to tell you about other things going on. perhaps even worse than san francisco or oakland or san jose, but i can't rest on the lores that we might be better in employment. we might be better not having that many homicides but we lost a lot of the african-american community in the last 10-20 years. we lost the redevelopment agency that gave a lot of promises. i am trying to keep those promises, but i've got to find more and better ways to interrupt the violence, and
i want today to register a personal appeal to our religious leaders to help me do that, find ways. i suspect it's not about money. it's not about numbers of jobs. it's about who we talk about and who we relate to, and how can we penetrate barriers or vacuums where there is no conversations going on? how do we talk to kids that don't have a mother or father? who are they talking with? how do we talk with their aunts or grandparents or brothers or sisters and tell them that we care and get them into a conversation with us. how about putting down the guns? what is it that they need from us to assure them that we have a safe passage for them to be dealing with us? this is what has been on my mind, and even though i
helped articulate this new program called "ipo" interrupt violence. predict criminal activity before it happens, but the most important part of the program is the "o" and it's the link between community and government. how do we organize between ourselves to build the trust and the confidence that we have some answers for people who are committing that violence out there. how do we do that? we have to organize better in our communities and i am willing to spend as much time as it takes to do better. that's why today it's not about the 49ers playing at candlestick. it's about us being here and we're all concerned. i can see your faces. you share that sentiment everyday you hear about another
homicide, murder, another wasted life and it isn't just the numbers. i care about every single one of them. i think if i had that 20 year old in my office -- if there was a space and time that i could talk to that person what would we say to each other? would we share the history of the families or look at each other and there is nothing to talk about? i do what i need to do to survive and do you that. these are the things i am struggling with. i wanted to let you know that and i am greatly appreciative to the interfaith council because you have been hearing this from me a little bit now and we have to get deeper and that's why i am so pleased to join reverend jackson yet again in this city. we have been a city of hope for so many other cities throughout
the country, but we also struggle ourselves. we have the same problems, and we've got to i think produce models that potentially have answers for everybody else, so i will continue talking about this. it is part of who i am. it's the part of me that keeps me focused on what i have to do in this city, and just because we win a world series that we have technology companies coming in that will not allow me to rest. that is not something i say makes me so happy. i am happy if every community in the city experiences the hope that others have in the city and you can't do that if you have a lot of violence so thank you very much for being here today and i invite you to continue dialoguing with us and consider this yet another beginning of this effort that we will continue on and on. thank you.
[applause] >> thank you mr. mayor. let me pause here just before we bringure our next speaker and presenter to acknowledge each of the members of clergy and faith leaderships, so if you're here and a part of clergy or faith leadership if you would stand please. [applause] >> thank you so much. again the mayor has declared and is committed to engaging faith community as part of this set of strategies so with that there aren't any faith leaders in our community that stand larger than our pastor of third baptist, the president of the san francisco chapter of the naacp and grateful for his leadership in all of the issues surrounding san francisco. please welcome
mr. joseph bryant, pastor of cal vory hill and the chairperson of the rainbow push coalition of this region, mr. mayor, ladies and gentlemen, i rise to present the keynote person to speak for this press conference. i think i could best get at the task by doing what i did in elementary school. my teacher called on us invablable to do what they call
"show and tell". you don't talk about anything unless you could first show something. it was back in september when i had the privilege of being a delegate at the democratic national convention, and on that monday preceding the convention african-american faith leaders gathered at the historic friendship baptist church of charlotte north carolina. the guest speaker was dr. calvin bust, pastor of the great absiddian church of new york
where he succeeded his father as pastor and was the first black from new york to serve in the u.s. congress, and got over 67 bills passed through congress including title seven, head start, national student loan program, but that preacher dr. butts had lifts us to the seventh heaven with his oratory and after the service was over as i followed the platform party out to the foyer of that great cathedral there i looked up and i beheld a beautiful quilt at the center of many other quilts that the quilting ministry of
friendship church had put on display, and when i saw that quilt that caught my eye i said to the pastor "dr. clifford jones, i want that quilt. i want that quilt ." dr. jones says "it's yours". when he took me to the car the limousine was there waiting for me and before i close the door i looked at him again and i said "dr. jones i want that quilt". he said "i told you it's yours. i will have my secretary mail it to
you .". two weeks later package appeared in my office. my secretary pearl said "here's a package here for you". i looked and saw it was from friendship church, and i opened it and low and behold there was my beautiful quilt, and when i opened it the quilt that i was told that was mine had on top of it a bill for $800. and as i looked at that beautiful quilt that cost me $800 i said there is a moral to this experience.
whatever you want in this life you can't just talk about wanting it. you got to pay the price for it. [applause] i'm delighted to present my friend, the reverend dr. jackson who i have known as a friend for 51 years. we have traveled around the world in brazil and africa. we were there when mr. mandala was release friday prison. we have gone. >> >> congress. we have gone before great enemies even to plead for justice for all peoples but i present to you a preacher of the gospel. a faith leader who knows that there is no lasting peace at all unless
you pay the price for peace by working the things that make the peace in a community. jesse jackson has been the needle. he has been the thread through the agency of rainbow push coalition pulling together all of these broken fabrics of society in order that we might hope for, look for, and look for eternalally a better society in which we will be no more beset with bigotry and classicism and racism and all of the ism's that tear the very fabric of society. he has paid the price for freedom. he has paid the price for peace. he
has paid the price for social betterment. i present to you a better that knows how to pay the price for a beautiful quilt, peace in san francisco with jobs, with quality education and jobs and surl celebration and bring to you jesse jackson who will speak to you and how we pay the price for peace in this city. [applause] >> amos, are you presenting me with the quilt? i want my quilt. i want